A comparison of eLearning practices in different cultural settings within a globalised world

United Arab Emirates


New Zealand

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Purpose: The failure of many e–learning systems in a globalised world to take into account the culture of the learner leads to a perpetuation of disadvantages and inequalities that exist under models of learning and teaching operating today. This wiki will compare the growth of e-learning in three countries with particular reference to infrastructure and cultural settings.

Scope: The settings for this study will be the United Arab Emirates, India and New Zealand. E-learning within these countries will be examined looking at practices and issues which have strengthened or weakened learning taking into account a cultural perspective.

Relevance: Globalisation, it has been alleged, will lead to a sterilized, sanitized and trivialized global commercial culture. How do we retain group culture while taking advantage of the benefits globalisation offers for e-learning? Group members have chosen areas of interest which will have practical application in their teaching practice today or the future.

Topic Outline:
  • General discussion of definitions
  • United Arab Emirates (Nigel)
  • India (Mercy)
  • New Zealand – Maori (Sean)
  • Comparisons and suggestions